The men and women of the California fire service welcomed home its native sons who gave their lives in the line of duty.
On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, fallen firefighters with California roots were flown home from Arizona to the Golden State aboard a National Guard C-130. A Memorial Ramp Ceremony upon their arrival gave California firefighters the opportunity for the California fire service to pay its respects to those who paid the ultimate price.
Five California natives were among 19 Prescott, Arizona firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty June 30 in the Yarnell Hill Fire in central Arizona. The bodies of Kevin Woyjeck, 21 and Christopher MacKenzie, 30 were airlifted in on Wednesday, for transport to individual ceremonies.
The California Last Alarm Service Team (Cal LAST) was activated to coordinate the ramp ceremony, in conjunction with Cal EMA and the California National Guard.